Degenerative Disc Disease Surgical Treatment Options

If non-surgical treatment alone is not enough, a surgical procedure may be recommended to stabilize the spine.

coflex-F® Interlaminar Stabilization System 

One of these procedures may involve the coflex-F® implant, a device that can be inserted through a small skin opening in the back. The implant is intended to stabilize the spine in combination with another device known as an interbody cage. The coflex-F® device can help relieve symptoms by decreasing abnormal motion at the painful area of the spine. 

The coflex-F® device may be an option that provides you with the  same pain relief as pedicle screw-based fusion, with less trauma during surgery and a potentially faster and easier recovery. 

While many patients may benefit from this technique, not everyone is a candidate. Speak with your spine professional to see if you are a candidate for a coflex-F® fusion. 

For more information about coflex-F® download our Patient Brochure - Patient-Education-Brochure.pdf

DSS® Stabilization System

The DSS® Stabilization System can treat a number of different spinal diseases, including degenerative disc disease. DSS® is a pedicle screw system to treat pain caused by spinal instability, and is designed to provide immobilization and stabilization of a spinal segment in addition to fusion. 

The system is made up of a “rigid” coupler and a “slotted” coupler, also known as “connectors,” that are placed between the pedicle screws. The slotted coupler provides the necessary rigidity to stabilize your spine so the affected segment can fuse. The rigid coupler can usually treat a wider variety of patients regardless of size and anatomy. 

The DSS® Stabilization System can be used to treat several levels at one time if your surgeon believes that more than one level needs to be fused. Your surgeon may use X-rays or some other method of viewing your spine and its condition to determine if you have degenerative disc disease and at how many spinal levels. 

Other Surgical Options

  • Pedicle Screw System
    • Another way to treat degenerative disc disease is to fuse the spine with a traditional pedicle screw system.  Spinal fusion involves insertion of metal screws and rods into your back to stabilize the spine until the bone grows together.
  • Total Disc Replacement
    • Disc replacement involves removing the painful disc and replacing it with a mobile prosthesis.
  • Interbody Fusion Cage
    • Interbody fusion involves removing the painful disc and replacing it with a metal or plastic cage along with the patient’s own bone to stabilize the spine until the bones grow together.

While many patients may benefit from these degenerative disc disease surgical options, not everyone is a candidate. Please speak with your spine professional to see if you are a candidate for one of these procedures.

Insurance Coverage

Contact our Coverage Hotline at 1-888-796-8411 or reimbursementps@mcra.com to find out if you are covered by your insurance for these products. 

 

Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only and does not replace having a conversation with your doctor.